Jaeger-LeCoultre 1933 Military Reverso Reference 201 in 9k Gold
Vintage Reversos are extremely special watches. Originally designed for British polo players in India who were having trouble with crystals being smashed by mallets during games, the Reverso quickly became the "it" watch among European royalty and the European elite. The present watch is an extremely special Reverso in gold made with an enamel engraving of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, a famous line infantry regiment of the British Army. Given the fact it is in gold (9k gold for the English market), one may imagine that this was made for a Colonel of the Regiment or other senior ranking officer. It includes the Extract of Archives from Jaeger-LeCoultre confirming that it is a reference 201 produced in 1933. Unfortunately, the dial has been reprinted at some point in the past. It may be the only watch with a reprinted dial you will ever see on my site, but I have never seen a Reverso come up for sale with a beautiful military engraving in enamel and I believe it is a very important and beautiful watch as well as piece of history. I believe it belongs in a collection where it will be appreciated or in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Museum given their collection of Reversos with special crests and histories. It came from a tiny English auction of jewelry relatively recently and features a LeCoultre caliber 413 movement with the service history unknown.